Camping is one of the best ways that people can connect with nature and enjoy the beauty of the world around us.
One problem with that is nature doesn’t always play nice with us. Storms happen, weather changes, accidents are always a possibility.
Usually, the problem isn’t nature but our not being prepared for things. When you are out camping, it really pays to be ready for anything. There are plenty of products to bring to make the trip a success, but you also need to have things in case it goes awry.
In this article, we will give you some ideas on how to be ready for an emergency and how to prevent one from happening to begin with.
Have tools for different jobs
Some emergencies will be pretty big while others may be minor but still put a damper on your trip. Though you can’t have a tool for every eventuality, you can have a few that do multiple jobs.
A first aid kit should absolutely be in your backpack as you never know what can happen. Speaking of backpack, a small emergency that can really do some damage to your trip would be your backpack coming apart. Have a backpack repair kit with you so you can make repairs as needed so you don’t lose all of your stuff on your hike.
A multitool can get you out of some jams, too. Some even have a cable that is actually a saw so you can cut through branches or other things if you need to.
Even a small fishing kit can come in handy if you ever find yourself lost for an extended period.
Take a survival class
You may never need to use any of the lessons learned in this class but one thing is guaranteed. These survival classes are very interesting. You can usually find one in your area sponsored by your local outdoors outfitter or even an adult education association.
You’ll learn all the basics of having to survive in difficult situations you may find yourself in if things go wrong. From edible plants, to understand what a change in the weather has in store.
Even if you don’t have a survival class to attend, there will surely be some first aid classes which hopefully you never need but should know.
Be ready for the area
Being prepared also means knowing what you might expect in a given area. If you research the area and find it is in an avalanche zone, then make sure you have a beacon in case you get buried.
If you read there are bears around, then bringing bear spray is essential. You may not bring any of these things if you hadn’t researched the area and found out what the challenges that particular place has in store potentially.
Bring a dry bag
In this bag you will pack some clothes in case you get wet and it’s cold. Then the big essential is to have stuff to light a fire to stay warm.
Your phone or GPS should stay in there as well as anything else that uses electronics.
Bring the phone
You may want to leave your phone at home if you are trying to get away from it all. That isn’t a great idea, however. Your phone could actually save your life even if there is no signal there and make sure you have a protective phone case to protect your phone.
Another great option to save your phone from unwanted damage would be Burga cases. These cases are sturdy and have raised bezels for screen and camera protection, which is really important at any time.
You may not see any bars and assume that you have no service and can’t make a call, but this may not be the case. No bars may simply mean that your provider doesn’t have a tower in that area. You can call 911 even if you are out of range of your provider by law.
You can also use a GPS app on your phone to potentially use it if you get lost. Download some offline maps so you can still navigate even without a signal.
Bring backup batteries or a wind up charger to make sure you keep your phone on while you are out.
Learn how to use a map and compass
Your phone could break or your batteries die on you. In which case you need to be able to get back to civilization the old fashioned way. With a map and compass.
They seem easy to figure out but if you are stressed, cold or injured, your thinking process may be off. Learn how to use them before you set out on your trip.
Know what to do if you get wet
Hypothermia is one of the biggest threats when you are in trouble on a hike. It could be that you didn’t dress appropriately for the weather or you got wet and didn’t know what to do.
Whatever the cause, you need to know how to get through it.
If your clothes are wet, then hopefully you remembered to have a set of dry clothes in a dry bag. Or that you can manage to start a fire before it sets in. Stay off the ground as it will pull lots of moisture away from your body. Lay sticks down on the ground and cover with dry leaves to stay warm. If you have a thermal blanket then this is the time to use it.
Have good insurance
Before you leave, make sure you have good health insurance in case you do need to be removed or brought to the hospital when camping.
Frequent campers should always have medical evacuation coverage for this type of emergency. It can cost a fortune out of pocket if you need to be airlifted out.
99% of the time you go camping will be drama free and an incredible experience. You just never know what nature or fate have in store. Always be prepared for the worst even when expecting the trip to go off without a hitch.
One thing we almost left out is to never camp alone! Always partner up.